Write3.com: Your Words for a Better Community

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Write3.com: Your Words for a Better Community

Bangladesh
Organization type: 
for profit
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Creating global base information of the society and empowering individuals to raise their voices for a better community.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Write3 is a mobile based journalism application which enables over 25 million smart phone users in Bangladesh to publish news online from every corner of the country. It has successfully broken the conventional grounds to promote mobile journalism in Bangladesh. Using Write3, one can easily upload pictures, videos, text, post comments and acts as a source of news for the mainstream news rooms. Bangladesh is a developing country where daily lives get tagged with unfavorable conditions on a regular basis. Living conditions; political instability; corruptions; natural calamity; discrimination and negligence from basic human rights; people living below poverty line; problems in the education system, promoting your culture and many more are just a part of life. Write3 allows individual to speak for themselves and enable them to express conditions at community level. It creates a movement against all factors to have a better living and to help in constructing a better living.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The less than ideal conditions in the socio-political arena of our country seem not to be changing. With Write3 initiative we strongly believe to establish changes and make a difference. The existing conditions in our country have been built through lack of awareness among the mass population. Write3 permits any concerned citizens to use mobile phone or login to the website and freely post their news which can be viewed not only locally but also across the globe. Anyone logging in to the website can experience the real scenarios from every corner of the country; review and understand the gravity of situations; pick up ideas; deduce mechanism to make room for improvements. For all concerned citizens of Bangladesh, Write3 allows them to speak out their mind wherever they feel negligence and discrimination. Innovation revolves around Write3 where this independent platform allows many citizens to easily upload their story using their handset. For those who do not have a camera enable phone can also send their reports through SMS. The application currently accepts both English and Bangla. Pretty soon it will be available in different languages to connect with other citizen journalists across the world.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Write3 is an important tool to promote journalism using the now most widely used technology to connect to people with the elimination of geographical barriers. Write3 allows the capturing and sharing of much news which has remained unfolded by the news forecasters. It acts as a reliable source of news for all forecaster who can easily take the posts from Write3 and directly put them in the mainstream news. It helps in promoting the culture of Bangladesh which is vibrant and lively. Write3 also helps in awareness building among the society among the people such as the general citizens, government officials, youths, senior citizens and people around the world. For example, there was a fatal accident on the regarding bustling streets of Dhaka last month (July). A bus crashed into another bus which was standing at a red light. This video clip created awareness among all those who logged in and gave in their different opinion regarding the story. They also expressed that they would be more careful on the streets from now on wards. Write3 is there for those who take the step forward to make a better living.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Since the war of independence, many intellects in Bangladesh have addressed issues to eradicate and minimise the problem of the economy. Various initiatives were taken by both public and private organizations. Write3 is an initiative bringing different communities around the world under a common platform for mobile journalism, grabbing attention of the policy makers and allowing people to raise their voice. Write3 is one of a kind and is pioneer in mobile journalism. It’s easy accessibility to disseminate information is one of the commendable features which are rapidly taking it to its top in the course of its action.
About You
Organization:
MCC LTD
About You
First Name

Suny Md Ashraf

Last Name

Khan

Twitter URL
About Your Organization
Organization Name

MCC LTD

Organization Country

, DHA

Country where this project is creating social impact

, DHA

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Social Impact
FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

In every community there are stories which remain untold and undisclosed. These stories need to be put in the picture to remove inauspicious acts and inappropriateness. To be able to tell; let others know; protect them from falling into difficult consequences, citizens should stand up and speak out for themselves. But is there a common ground for you to speak and let others know? Write3 materialized- with the thought in mind to encourage concerned citizens to articulate and reveal the actual happenings of their society, for their own right and as a representative for the society’s right. Previously internet was the only fastest way to connect globally. With the multimedia feature along with internet accessibility introduced in the handsets, have changed this concept. The statistical figure showing the number of user of mobile phones globally, inspired in generating the perception of Write3.

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

Currently there are 76 million cell phone users across in Bangladesh, that means on an average 300 million users have access to it. Using the hand set one can easily send their entries to Write3 platform online from where the national media can collect news and broadcast it in the mainstream news. A strong impact on the policy makers is prominent as they can address the community level happenings. Individual feels empowered using Write3 as they can effortlessly share their success, community level happenings, discrimination and all odds. Participants of Write3 include concerned citizens who work in different professions and reside in various parts of the community. They participate actively and upload their entries as a continuous process. This ensures community level participation. The impact has a ripple effect made by a raised voice of an individual to the mainstream news, policy makers and the mass which calls for an action.

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

It is a tool for mobile journalism and within Bangladesh we plan to establish Write3 as a source for community level news for at least ten regular dailies and three TV stations. The stories posted on Write3 will be broadcasted in the mainstream news. The tools used in Write3 application can be franchised to anyone abroad which will help them pull together community level reports and broadcast them in their local news rooms. It has all the important instruments which can be customized and used across, in all communities based news agencies increasing the number of outreach and community participation.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Within 6 months, half a million community level journalists will provide news. 50 About 100 strong stories of such reports shall

Six-Month Tasks
Task 1

Promote write3 in community level

Task 2

Agreement with 300 telecenters and 1600 telecenter based information worker as write3 rural hub

Task 3

Partnership with 5 mainstream news channel and 3 national newspaper

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
12-Month Tasks
Task 1

Agreement with 500 telecenter

Task 2

Provide Basic Journalism Techniques to selected 300 dedicated citizen journalist

Task 3

Partnership with mobile phone company and mobile internet service provider

How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001 - 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

Sustainability
Explain how your company, program, service or product is structured

Business

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

Since Write3 is a platform which is solely technology dependent, with the spurring change in technologies in the mobile phone industry, makes it complicated to cope as we are ICT solution provider and not the developer. Therefore in developing countries like Bangladesh, it is not easy to find knowledgebase experts. But in the long run it should not be a problem given that the outreach partners for Write3 will increase and consequently volunteers to fix the problem will be available.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

Write3 is a place where any user with multimedia options on their handset can upload their desired content. It has been programmed in PHP, Ajax and MySQL. The ICT industry is Bangladesh have shown a record of a very fast moving industry but yet easily adaptable by all. In fact it is commendable that how fast people eagerly want to accept to the change.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

The robustness and the innovative idea itself of Write3 application can be franchised to other companies both locally and globally. The tools can be replicated and customized as per their requirement and applied.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

Advertisement and news sponsorship model will help write3 to sustain. Any organization can sponsor or brand any news, photo or video.

Tell us about your partnerships
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

Write3 is a platform for mobile journalism at different community levels of the society. Therefore, to ensure the achievement of the growth of the milestones identified, populating Write3 with active community journalists is necessary. Apart from this community and citizen journalist write3 has own editorial board, web and mobile application and software developer.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Marketing or media, Collaboration or networking.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Human resources or talent, Collaboration or networking.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

MCC can also provide mobile based technology solutions.

Summary
Define your company, program, service or product in 1-2 short sentences

MCC is an organization specialized in the development of social communication technology and new media.